The 2014 Occult Detective Awards: Swords & Sorceries

Check out Bob’s picks for 2014!


Occult Detective Stories might be my first love, but close on their heels is the Sword & Sorcery genre. As such, Day Four of the 5th Annual Occult Detective Awards honors such tales. My only regret is I didn’t get the chance to read King of the Bastards by Steven Shrewsbury & Brian Keene because I’m sure if I had it would have found a place among the following recipients —

Best Novel
The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

This is not the book I was suspecting. Set in the world of Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicles, this haunting tale features one of the author’s most compelling characters, Auri. Rothfuss has warned readers to not begin his series here, but I beg to differ. I was enchanted by this book and believe it is Rothfuss’ finest work, allowing him to work another set of writerly muscles and prove him…

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Mystery monday: Death on the Nile

Like many of you, I was introduced to Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot at a very early age. While I was a big Sherlock Holmes fan, I couldn’t help but find certain mystery detectives intriguing and Christie’s detectives were the best.


Fortunately, I stumbled across Poirot, played by David Suchet, on Netflix this week and spent an afternoon binge-watching the series. While I remembered the story of “Death on the Nile” and remembered the solution, I couldn’t help but find myself caught up in the mystery with the excellent acting, costumes, and scenery. By the way, most of the movie/episode was shot in Egypt.

A bitter and heartbroken Jacqueline De Bellefort (Emma Griffiths Malin) stalks her ex-fiancé, Simon Doyle (JJ Feild) and his new wife Linnet Ridgeway (Emily Blunt), on their honeymoon to Egypt. It is no mystery what is going to happen. Through in the usual suspects that one finds in an Agatha Christie mystery add alcohol, guns, sex, and revenge, add a twist — voila — a marvelous mystery in an exotic locale.

If you are looking for a fun period mystery, I think anything from Suchet’s Poirot series should do the trick. However, if you want something special try “Death on the Nile”.

Mark Twain’s grave vandalized


Elmira City Police and the administrator of Woodlawn Cemetery are searching for the person who removed the bronze likeness of Mark Twain from his gravesite in the Elmira cemetery.

Cemetery Superintendent Bryce Cuyle said someone who was visiting Twain’s gravesite over the holiday weekend left a voicemail on the cemetery office’s telephone saying the plaque was missing from the 12-foot high granite monument that commemorates both Twain and his son-in-law Ossip Gabrilowitsch.


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